Reading Roundup: February 2020

After We All Died by Alison Cobb. One of my creative writing classes assigned part of this collection of poetry and poetic prose, and the instructor recommended I read the rest after she read my speculative fiction short story (alluded to last month). This poetry is not about the future per se, but it is… Continue reading Reading Roundup: February 2020

Meet your new centuries-old boyfriend

I'm not well-read in the romance genre, so I wouldn't say that I am familiar with romance tropes and common themes. However, I've been devouring fantastical fiction like it's my job (btw, I would be happy to make this my job! Hire me to write book reviews!) and I keep bumping into this one character… Continue reading Meet your new centuries-old boyfriend

The Laws of (Marketing) Magic

A few months ago, I wrote on Facebook that about 60% of the staff at my current job refers to my work as "doing my magic." It's a variation of an old meme: Something is needed Sara does her magic Profit! At first, I was somewhat flattered by this--"I really feel like a magician, y'all" was my… Continue reading The Laws of (Marketing) Magic

Circles and Traces

For a side project, I've been scouring over the notes and bibliographies of books I haven't read in some years. For example: Cooking, Eating, Thinking, an anthology of philosophical approaches to food studies which I came across early in my research and haven't revisited since, though I thought it was a solid collection. As I… Continue reading Circles and Traces

How Not To Be: Promo Copy

I actually drafted this post several months ago, but felt hesitant about publishing it while I still worked for my previous employer. I sent it out into the world now mainly because I think it will be of interest to first-time authors, particularly the academic authors-to-be of my acquaintance. The occasion: I was working on… Continue reading How Not To Be: Promo Copy

A note on #readingwomen–and other underrepresented authors

As noted, I am a fan of the push to #readwomen2014. Now that VIDA has released their Count for 2013 (a breakdown of how many male or female writers are published or reviewed by leading literary publications), it's clear that calling for change in concrete terms (such as quantity of reviews and reviewers) can indeed be effective, and… Continue reading A note on #readingwomen–and other underrepresented authors